The New Guy
By Kathryn Freeman
Romance, sex and office tensions.
Book Review, no spoilers I swear!
Published: One More Chapter (11th June paperback, available as ebook now!)
I've wanted to read this book for so so long! I've seen it being promoted on Twitter, fellow book bloggers talking about it and making me so jealous that when I got my kindle I was over super excited to see it was available to buy and download as an ebook. So over excited that you'd think it was Christmas day. But before I delve further into my thoughts how about I give you an idea of what it is about.
Sam Huxton is the young bright CEO of a tech company who has had her heartbroken by the betrayal of her ex and as a result her company is also fallen on hard times. Ryan Black is the tall, dark and extremely attractive stranger who seems to be constantly brooding and says very few words.
One fateful night in Sam's local pub in London does she come across Ryan, without exchanging names the two end up having a drunken one night stand something that Sam never does but its ok as the likely hood of her seeing him again is slim.
However, the morning after Sam goes to work and meets her new app programmer who is no other than, you guessed it. Ryan!
Mixing business with pleasure is definitely not on the cards for Sam what with an approaching deadline and Ryan's moody temper.
First of all I love love love office romance! As soon as I read this blurb I as like, "That's reyt up my street."
I especially love office romance that involves a woman boss instead of a man boss as I find it way more interesting.
Having watched The Proposal countless times, you know the 2009 film with Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock? That was a film I fell in love with and it was that film that began my love for romcoms specifically. However, unlike the Proposal I found The New Guy so much better and lovely.
For starters Freeman's writing is so captivating and engaging as its easy to follow, describing how Sam and Ryan feel and interact gives the story an edge or realism. Finding out why Ryan is so unattached and reluctant to let anybody get close to him was heartbreakingly honest with topics such as addiction being brought into the light. Sam's past is also lovely to read about as she is more than just a pretty face. If anything, both Ryan and Sam highlight that there is more to a person that how they look and in this case, both Ryan and Sam have so much more to offer.
I loved the chemistry in this book and how well written Ryan was. Coming across as heartless, Ryan has layers of characteristics that I both loved. Something else I loved was the initial one night stand. Freeman doesn't write the scene overly graphic but the fact that the one night isn't exactly perfect gives it a real edge. The awkwardness and not overly smooth scene is something that had me in laughter.
The only thing that I felt was missing from this book was seeing the story from other character's point of views. It was focused on how Ryan and Sam saw it and I would of liked to see how characters such as Damien and Erin saw it. It would of given it an interesting edge, however, that is just my opinion and I am not an author. Whether it would of fitted with the story I don't know but it was something that I would of been happy to read about even if it was just a chapter on each character as I felt Erin had a lot to say as well as hearing from the 'Villain Damien' himself would of been exciting.
As a whole I thought this was an easy read with plenty twists and turns. It was such a sexy read that had me hooked from the first page. If that wasn't enough the romance was absolutely swoon-worthy and I must say I was swooned by Ryan. This was a cracking little novel that if you love swoon-worthy sexy romance then this is the book for you. I chuffin loved this and already miss Sam, Ryan and the rest of the gang.
Rating: 4 out of 5*
After all tomorrow is another day spent reading,
Till next time,